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Violin D
Maeve Poppy and Mara

The Early bird registration deadline is May 31st

Black Hills String Retreat 


Since 1990, the Black Hills String Retreat has offered young string players, entering grades 5-12, an intensive and varied program under the direction of an outstanding guest faculty in a relaxed and fun environment. String Retreat is held at the Cedar Canyon Camp in Rapid City, South Dakota.  We also provide a day camp for younger students - please scroll down for information about Suzuki Day Camp.


The camp has grown from a weekend workshop for 80 students to a five day camp of over 200 campers. Students are housed in camp cabins and are chaperoned by our volunteer parent staff.


String Retreat offers a wide variety of musical activities including master classes, orchestra, ensemble coaching, and technique classes, as well as a number of performing opportunities; electives include fiddle, handbells, and penny whistle for 4th, 5th & 6th graders and fiddle, handbells, and middle school all-state coaching for 7th & 8th graders.

A Release of Liability form is required by Cedar Canyon Camp for each enrolled camper. Please print out and return the form with your String Retreat application. 

On this page, you can download this year's String Retreat brochure, application and liability waiver. Please send your application and liability waiver with your non-refundable deposit to the address printed on the application.

Unfortunately, the PayPal links are not working. Please send a check with your application to our PO Box address or bring cash to: 

Deb Knowles

1603 Seventh St.

Rapid City, SD 57701



Charlie Savot

3819 Minnekahta Drive

Rapid City, SD 57702

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Black Hills String Retreat Scholarship Application

Black Hills String Retreat Application

Black Hills String Retreat Liability Waiver

Black Hills String Retreat Day Camp Application

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